Lt. Ben Walborn observes an F/A-18E Super Hornet prior to it making an arresting landing on the flight deck aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
Coral Sea (Jun. 15, 2005) Lt. Ben Walborn observes an F/A-18E Super Hornet prior to it making an arresting landing on the flight deck aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Walborn, the youngest of four brothers who have served in the Navy, is also the third to be selected as an LSO. As an LSO, Baxter communicates directly with pilots during their final approach to the flight deck. Kitty Hawk is currently operating in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia's Queensland region as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005. Talisman Sabre is an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the U.S. Seventh Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters. The exercise focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area. More than 11,000 U.S. and 6,000 Australian personnel will participate. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo Flannigan File# 050615-N-5781F-059
Aircraft carriers are warships that act as airbases for carrier-based aircraft. In the United States Navy, these consist of ships commissioned with hull classification symbols CV (aircraft carrier), CVA (attack aircraft carrier), CVB (large aircraft carrier), CVL (light aircraft carrier), CVN (aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion) and CVAN (attack aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion). The first aircraft carrier commissioned into the United States Navy was USS Langley (CV-1) on 20 March 1922.